October 20, 2010
S. Graham Simmons, an Associate with Tallman Hudders & Sorrentino, the Pennsylvania office of Norris McLaughlin, P.A., was featured in the Express-Times article “Graham Simmons Takes Over as Chairman of Easton Area Chamber of Commerce” written by Tom Zanki which ran on Sunday, October 17, 2010. The article outlined Simmons’s personal and professional involvement with the city of Easton; he is committed to bettering the city by encouraging development projects which will encourage economic growth. The article featured quotes from Marc Troutman, chairman of the Greater Easton Development Partnership, and Marta Gabriel, the parent chamber’s executive vice president of operations and Easton initiatives.
“If I’m going to live in a place, I want to leave it better than I found it,” said Simmons.
Simmons practices law in the primary areas of corporate and business organizations, mergers and acquisitions, real estate and land use, banking and financial services, and health care. Simmons has been recognized in Philadelphia Magazine as a Rising Star, a distinction for lawyers aged 40 and under or who have been practicing for less than 10 years and reserved for no more than 2.5% of all attorneys in Pennsylvania.
In his corporate practice, Simmons assists clients in selecting the optimal legal entity for their chosen business or profession, and has experience representing sellers, buyers and financiers in a broad range of transactions including mergers, consolidations, stock purchases, share exchanges, bulk sales and dissolutions. Simmons also assists clients with all manners of commercial law, including the negotiation and drafting of contracts for the sale of goods, technology licensing and reseller agreements, OEM arrangements, and End User License Agreements. Simmons has represented a number of lenders in various commercial credit facilities, including local area loan organizations in numerous economic development loans funded by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority and Small Business First Fund.
In his real estate practice, Simmons has experience in drafting and reviewing all forms of documents, including commercial and residential agreements of sale, condominium documents, residential and commercial leases, and installment sale agreements. Simmons has also advised clients on a range of landlord-tenant issues, and has represented borrowers in refinancing commercial properties. In addition to his transactional experience, Simmons has also successfully represented clients in various zoning and land use hearings before municipal bodies, as well as appeals to the Court of Common Pleas. Simmons is also honored to serve as Assistant Solicitor to the City of Easton Parking Authority.
Simmons serves as Chair of the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Easton Development Partnership. Simmons is also a member of the Easton Main Street Initiative’s Organization Committee. He is an active member of College Hill Presbyterian Church and serves as a committee member and youth leader. Simmons lives in Forks Township with his wife Shelby, and their three children.
Simmons earned his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Villanova University School of Law in 2004 and his B.A. from Roanoke College in 2001.